This week, Duke Health broke ground on a new building that will house the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Division and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the School of Nursing. Construction of the new building is expected to be completed in the fall 2019.
The five-story, 103,000 square foot building will be home for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division. It also will house administration and Graduate Medical Education offices for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the School of Nursing’s Ph.D. program, Center for Nursing Research, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Student Services.
“Groundbreaking means innovative and pioneering, and the activities our faculty, staff, and students will undertake in this new facility certainly fit that description,” said A. Eugene Washington, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. “Providing state-of-the-art shared space for our School of Nursing and School of Medicine promotes collaborative scholarship and strengthens our dynamic academic community.”
“Co-locating our Doctor of Physical Therapy Division and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offices with the School of Nursing in this new location will foster new connections and partnerships - and importantly, will provide the opportunity to enhance and expand interprofessional education and care – teaching our students the value of patient-centered care across multiple medical disciplines,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “This new building also represents a historic moment for our Doctor of Physical Therapy Division. By creating a campus presence, our PT students will strengthen important connections to clinical services and to campus life.”
“On behalf of the Duke University School of Nursing faculty and staff, we are so excited about this opportunity to do, as Duke does, to collaborate so well but to also take interprofessional education to the next level,” said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, Dean, Duke University School of Nursing.